|Ship Class||Town-class Light Cruiser|
|Builder Name||Vickers Armstrong|
|Laid Down||4 Oct 1934|
|Launched||23 Jan 1936|
|Commissioned||5 Mar 1937|
|Decommissioned||1 Jan 1958|
|Displacement||9,100 tons standard; 11,540 tons full|
|Machinery||Parsons geared turbines, 4 shafts, 8 Admiralty 3 drum oil fuel boilers|
|Power Output||75,000 SHP|
|Armament||4x3x6in guns, 8x4in AA, 2x2pdr quad pom-pom guns (later 18x40mm Bofors AA), 15x20mm AA, 2x3x21in torpedo tubes|
|Aircraft||Two Supermarine Walrus aircraft (Removed in the latter part of WW2)|
Contributor: C. Peter Chen
ww2dbaseNewcastle was a Town-class light cruiser of the Southampton subclass. On 23 Nov 1940, she engaged German battlecruisers Scharnhorst and Gneisenau with indecisive outcome. She was active during the Malta Campaign, including participation in Operation Collar which resulted in Battle of Cape Spartivento and Operation Vigorous where she was hit by a torpedo from German E-boat S-26. The damage sustained required her to receive constant temporary repairs by means of additional wood and concrete structural supports until she was properly repaired four months later at the Brooklyn Navy Yard, New York, United States in Oct 1942. After her repairs, she joined the Eastern Fleet based at Ceylon as the lead ship of the 4th Cruiser Squadron. She supported operations against Japanese positions along the Burmese coast and in the general Southwest Pacific region.
ww2dbaseAfter the war, Newcastle was overhaul in 1952 and took part in the Korean War and the Malayan Emergency. She was sold for scrap in Aug 1959.
ww2dbaseSources: Collins/Janes Wrships of World War II, Jane's Fighting Ships of World War II, Wikipedia.
ww2dbaseStatistics provided by Alan Chanter.
Last Major Revision: Sep 2007
HMS Newcastle Operational Timeline
|5 Mar 1937||Newcastle was commissioned into service.|
|1 Jan 1958||Newcastle was decommissioned from service.|
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